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ODA designs first Marriott modular hotel on the east coast

Monday, June 26, 2017  
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AC by Marriott, Chapel Hill

CHARLOTTE, NC, June 2017 - Overcash Demmitt Architects (ODA) are leading an emerging trend taking shape in hotel design: Modular Construction. AC Hotel by Marriott in downtown Chapel Hill, scheduled to open this September, will be the site of the first modular hotel on the East Coast. ODA has assisted Marriott with current trends in hotel design for 20 years.

Only four months away from the hotel opening and the job site consists of underground parking and a main level platform where guest rooms have been craned in and stacked up on site. Guest rooms and bathrooms are fabricated at a modular manufacturing facility in Liverpool PA. Workers complete connections to all utility systems on site, as well as completing the finishes.

Some of the advantages of modular construction include reduced construction time, better Quality Control, less construction delays due to inclement weather, less construction waste and less disruption to surrounding neighborhoods. This was a concern in Chapel Hill, as the site abuts a residential neighborhood.

Stephen Overcash, a Principal at Overcash Demmitt Architects believes, “Modular construction is in its’ infancy in America and innovation in the hotel industry will help push this construction technique to the forefront within the next 5 years. Modular guest rooms and corridors is the next step in the evolution of prefabrication, as it has been previously popular to partially fabricate hotels, such as the bathroom pods.”

The 4-story, 123 room, AC Hotel by Marriott under construction in downtown Chapel Hill is pursuing LEED Certification and will feature local artists and a community mural, an exterior fire pit and hotel bar for neighbors to enjoy. AC Hotel by Marriott brand reflects an urban spirit providing a unique combination of quality, timeless European design, comfort and authenticity. OTO Development of Spartanburg is the developer for AC, by Marriott Chapel Hill. Overcash Demmitt Architects is the Architect of Record and DLR Group is the Interior Designer.

Overcash Demmitt Architects (ODA), a leader in hospitality architecture, designed their first Marriott hotel in 1997. They have provided architectural expertise to clients for more than 30 years in Charlotte and throughout the eastern United States. Stephen Overcash and Tim Demmitt, Principals, built their firm with a philosophy and a culture that promotes FUNomenal Design to help their clients stay on the leading edge within their respective industries.

A diverse client mix and a variety of interesting project types have allowed for continued growth. ODA’s creative staff of 35 architects and interior designers offers expertise in the design of mixed use developments, corporate office, hotels, restaurants and lifestyle storage facilities. To learn more visit or call 704.332.1615.

See photos of the hotel being stacked.

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